The New Mexico Department of Transportation is asking that drivers use caution when driving NM 68 south from Pilar because of rocks and other debris falling into the roadway.
The department's website was updated at 10:24 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 14) stating that the road was open but asking that drivers reduce speed and watch for hazards.
The town of Taos says Taos Express services will continue but that crews are monitoring the weather. The town announced that the landfill will close at noon Saturday because of difficult access.
Rockslides closed the route between Española and Pilar early Saturday morning and for two hours Friday (Sept. 13) because of rockslides.
A flash flood warning remained in effect until Sunday (Sept. 15) for most of Northern New Mexico, according to the National Weather Service.
Heavy rain was forecast to continue throughout the day with scattered thunderstorms projected for Saturday evening and Sunday, the agency reported. Thunderstorms remained in the forecast through Wednesday (Sept. 18).
More than three inches of rain were reported to have fallen on some sections of Taos County between the beginning of the storm Tuesday (Sept. 10) and Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service. A gauge near Lama had the highest measurement — 3.05 inches — Friday afternoon. A gauge near Shady Brook measured 2.25 inches Saturday morning while 2.22 inches were measured near El Prado, Questa and Los Córdovas. Taos, meanwhile, was reported to have received 2.03 inches and 1.94 inches were measured near Talpa.
Persistent rain Friday and Saturday filled rivers throughout the county. By 9:15 a.m. Saturday, the Río Pueblo was flowing at 24 cubic feet per second near Taos, according to the US Geological Survey. The river had been flowing below four cubic feet per second Sept. 7. The Red River near Questa was also measured to be flowing at 52 cubic feet per second around the same time that morning though the river had dropped below seven cubic feet per second as recently as Sept. 9.
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